Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.
Taylor Swift has set yet another record. She sold out Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena in one minute, making it the fastest ticket on-sale in Chinese history. After announcing that she will take her RED Tour to Asia this summer to meet fan demand, the seven Asian dates sold out in record speeds.
The RED Tour features two stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, numerous costume changes and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue to give every audience member a great seat and a chance to see her up close and personal, playing electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar. The set list includes Taylor’s biggest hits, songs from her Red album and fan favorites. Continue Reading
Vince Gill delights the crowd with his rendition of “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s expansion ceremony on April 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion on Tuesday, more than doubling the size of its home in downtown Nashville. The grand opening ceremony took place in the museum’s Event Hall overlooking the Nashville skyline. Vince Gill, the McCrary Sisters, Ricky Skaggs, the Valentines and Lee Ann Womack, accompanied by the Grand Opening All-Star Band under the direction of Buddy Miller, performed at the event.
Additionally, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Museum Director Kyle Young and museum board Chairman Steve Turner each delivered inspiring commemorative remarks. The celebration marked the final phase of the museum’s expansion, joining recently-opened additions including the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for the letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and the Event Hall. The expansion also includes archival and library storage. Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Lauren Alaina posts a “Transformation Tuesday” featuring Carrie Underwood; Taylor Swift bakes cookies with Olympian Gracie Gold; The Band Perry apologizes to Sheryl Crow; and Luke Bryan and wife Caroline post a poolside selfie. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/Lauren_Alaina.
Lauren Alaina – Lauren_Alaina: How about this for a #TransformationTuesday lol. I’ve always loved miss @carrieunderwood
Sheryl Crow – SherylCrow: Overall a great night at the #ACMs. Whew! I’m tired! Still picking confetti out of my hair! @ACMawards
The Band Perry – TheBandPerry: Sorry @SherylCrow!!! We love you! xxkP
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KipMooreMusic.
Kip Moore – KipMooreMusic: my Vegas high… Thanks red rock gym Continue Reading
Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Keith Urban has no less than six nominations at Sunday’s ACM Awards. Three of those nods are for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. The song, which features Keith on guitar, is up for Vocal Event, Music Video and Single of the Year.
“When I got the call from Tim about playing a solo on ‘Highway Don’t Care,’ that’s just one of those magical little moments, you know?” Keith said. “When I heard the song I went, ‘God, this is a great song,’ and I heard it before Taylor was on it. The first time I heard the whole thing completed was on the radio, and it sounded amazing. I just thought, ‘Gosh, I think this song’s gonna do really well.’” Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Brad Paisley channels Legos and gets punked by Chris Young; Carrie Underwood comments on the spring snow earlier this week while Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley enjoys the sun a little too much; and Luke Bryan goes fishing with hit songwriter Dallas Davidson. Plus, Dierks Bentley celebrates a special No. 1. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/DavidsonDallas.
Dallas Davidson – DavidsonDallas: @LukeBryanOnline Row cropping em at new pond
Dierks Bentley – DierksBentley: thank YOU for calling/tweeting Country Radio. I Hold On is the number 1 song in the country today! this one means more to me than any other.
Taylor Swift – TaylorSwift13: I keep hiding things in secret spots in my apartment and then forgetting where I hid them. Would’ve been the worst pirate ever.
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/BradPaisley.
Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: Inside Lego Movie joke. I think I’m “The special. ” Continue Reading
Fan voting is now open for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Award’s Entertainer of the Year award, which will be powered by Ram for the fifth year in a row, as well as the ACM New Artist of the Year award, which will be presented by Kohl’s. Country fans can cast their votes now at www.VoteACM.com and the winners will be announced live during the ACM Awards. Co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6 at 8/7c on CBS.
“Ram truck and country music fans share the same work-hard, play-hard attitude,” Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, said. “We are honored to be a key partner of the Academy of Country Music Awards for the fifth consecutive year and to present a multifaceted, multimedia experience that includes sponsoring Entertainer of the Year voting. Ram congratulates all the nominated artists and we look forward to seeing who the fans select.”
“Winning the New Artist of the Year award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career,” Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer, said. “Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment and once again partner with the Academy of Country Music Awards to present this award. We congratulate all of the nominees and are excited to see who the fans choose.” Continue Reading
The Academy of Country Music and ZinePak will release the Official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak on March 18. The limited-edition package will spotlight country’s biggest names and brightest new stars. It includes 120 pages with 21 songs and two CDs as well as a ballot with this year’s ACM Awards nominees and six collectible guitar picks. The ZinePak will be available exclusively at Walmart.
Register for a chance to win one now through April 6, 2014!
“This year’s ACM Awards ZinePak is better than ever,” said Lisa Lee, the Academy’s senior vice president of Creative & Content Production.“Fans can find out everything they need to know about this year’s ACM Award nominees, immerse themselves in the best music of the year and even play along at home with their own ballot. It’s a must-have for any country fan.” Continue Reading
Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.
Two of country music’s biggest superstars have topped Billboard’s annual Top 40 Money Makers list. Taylor Swift takes the crown as the highest, earning $39,699,575.60 in 2013 while Kenny Chesney comes in at No. 2, racking up $32,956,240.70 last year. Billboard used data supplied by Nielsen SoundScan to calculate earnings from touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming.
While Taylor can report strong earnings on everything from music sales to branding and sponsorship, touring was where she padded her bank account last year. The North American leg of her international Red Tour made an estimated $30 million, not counting integrated sponsorships and retail booth revenue which is estimated to have brought in an additional $10 million gross. Continue Reading
Danielle Bradbery’s 2013 debut album. Photo courtesy of BMLG.
Danielle Bradbery had never stepped foot on a stage before auditioning for NBC’s The Voice. She has been learning from the best since being crowned the show’s season four winner and signing with her label, Big Machine Records. There are three artists in particular that have been more than willing to give her advice, including The Voice coach Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and label mate Taylor Swift.
“I got to be face to face with Taylor,” said Danielle. “She knew I was on a radio tour at the time, and still am, but she goes, ‘I knew how that was and I started young like you, and the more it goes on, the more you’re gonna see you’re gonna have so much fun with everything.’ She was just [saying] ‘Don’t give up, it’s gonna get more and more fun.’ It was really awesome getting to hear that from her.” Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Blake Shelton and Usher have a moment while watching The Voice, Brad Paisley plays Nashville, Taylor Swift has a beach day with Lorde, and Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett might be living out Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk On A Plane” song from his new album. Plus, Little Big Town encounters King George! Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/littlebigtown.
Little Big Town – LittleBigTown: Freaking out. @GeorgeStrait #cowboyridesaway
Usher – Usher: Maybe we should rotate your chairs @adamlevine & @blakeshelton so you can be closer together #Meant2Be
Blake Shelton – BlakeShelton: .@usher I put that request in 5 seasons ago… I think they separate us for a reason #CantSeparateLove #SexiestManAlive
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/DBradbery.
Danielle Bradbery – DBradbery: There are moments that you’ll embrace for the rest of your life and this was one of them, such a blessing Continue Reading